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Producer Sammy Lopez will mentor the cohort of the second annual "Commercial Theatre Producing 101" program.

Sammy Lopez

Theatre Producers of Color has announced the 2022 cohort for its second-annual tuition-free program "Commercial Theatre Producing 101."

The program provides access to education, training, and mentorship to aspiring BIPOC producers.

Selected from nearly 170 applicants, the 2022 participants will include Jhanelle Bisasor, Lisa Cortez Walden, Anant Das, Noemi de la Puente, Cynthia L. Dorsey, Arysbells Figueredo, Yesenia Garcia Herrington, Vanessa Immink, Sergio Mexia, Afsheen Misaghi, Phoebe Moore, Sujotta Pace, Tricia Patrick, Shernā Ann Phillips, PhD, Carmen Quinones, Adam Rei Siegel, Alex Robertson, Roman Sanchez, Jacob Santos, Ariana Sarfarazi, Malkia Stampley, Riza Takahashi, Simon Tran, Rhonda Wilson, and Ziyue Yang. 

Amongst the cohort are participants from across the United States and countries such as New Zealand, Canada, China, and Japan.

READ: How American Stages Should Look in the Future, According to a Cohort of Emerging BIPOC Producers

Producer Sammy Lopez will serve as the program's lead mentor, overseeing the creation of a safe space for participants as they gain a foundation in commercial producing over the course of the ten-week program. The students will use the new Broadway-bound musical Gun & Powder as a case study to learn from as they handle individual projects.

Among the most of guest speakers are Tony winners Rashad V. Chambers, Joey Parnes, and Barbara Whitman and Tony nominees Doug Nevin, Matt Ross, and Rachel Sussman. Also included are E. Clayton Cornelious, Maria Manuela Goyanes, Ben Holtzman, Fiona Rudin, Toni R. Isreal, Nicole Javanna Johnson, Dale Mott, Dana Li, Dessie Moynihan, Ilene Rosen, Erica Rotstein, and Heather Shields.

The participants were selected by panelists Sophie Aung, Jacquelyn Bell, Adam Coy, Lady del Castillo, Ryan Duncan-Ayala, Eric Emauni, Isha Gulati, Lawryn Lacroix, Rob Laqui, Olivia Lilley, Vaibu Mohan, Marina Montesanti, Joey Reyes, Brayden Simpson, and Traci Tolmaire.

Theatre Producers of Color is a recently formed organization supported by Broadway for All dedicated to supporting the next generation of BIPOC producers.

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